ASB 2015 Organizations and Projects

During ASB 2015 73 UMSI students will be volunteering with different organizations to provide 2,900+ hours of service. Below is a listing of the organizations and projects. Check back soon to learn more about our ASB 2015 sponsors, as well as see photos and project exhibits. 


Back Alley Bikes, “Back Alley Data Mining- A Legitimate Project,” Mingjue Ni, Project Description: Student will analyze participant data of youth program and adult mechanic’s class program, including retention and program completion. They will also analyze how Back Alley Bikes can more efficiently integrate participant data, based on multiple systems, so that the organization can address the different informational needs of its student and volunteer participants.

Allied Media Projects, “Collective Memory Mapping with Data,” Brittany Hutson and Nicholas Chin, Project Description: Students will conduct research on potential opportunities for organization partnership with other nonprofit organizations, community events or corporations.   

Arab American National Museum, “Creating a CONTENT dm Collection,” Jharina Pascual, Project Description: Student will create a new digital collection on AANM Collections Online website using CONTENTdm digital content management software, taking a processed archival collection from start to finish. 

Freedom House, “Database Generation,” Hertina Kurnia and Tao Wu, Project Description: Students will create a database that improves organization’s methods for recording volunteers and donors and categorizes their information in such a manner so the organization can isolate subgroups for targeted outreach and mailings.

Detroit Historical Society (DHS), “Digitizing Detroit Initiative,” Rebecca Rasmussen, Project Description: Student will work with trained technicians and DHS collections staff in scanning, data entry, and collections research as part of DHS efforts to digitize and make 70,000 photographs, documents, and biographical records available on the web. 

Detroit Data, “Extending Open Data to Improve Community Based Decision Making in Detroit,” Xinyan Zhao, Project Description: Student will help to extend open data community site to improve usability and enhance functionality. This in turn will enhance community organization access to data that can improve decision-making. 

Detroit Green Skills Alliance, “Growing Detroit's Online Green Economy: Developing Detroit's Green Map,” Silin Li, Mengtian Zhang and Wan-Ting Lin, Project Description: Students will help with website and user interface development for the Detroit Green Map. They will also assess and quantify the impact that a marketing tool and business resource such as the map can have on local Detroit businesses and talent retention. 

Young Nation, “Inside Southwest Detroit Mission and Usability Optimization,” Fangwen Zhao and Shuang Liang, Project Description: Students will aid organization by evaluating usability of online publication that aims to engage residents in media creation which amplifies local digital technologies.

Detroit Ledger, “Investigating Detroit’s Nonprofit Data Landscape,” Molly Maher, Project Description: Students will support and strengthen The Detroit Ledger’s documentation of Detroit philanthropy by researching and developing more detailed data fields for 500+ Detroit-based organizations. This will provide nonprofit professionals, journalists, and researchers with a better understanding of macro- and micro-level questions about grant-making in Detroit. 

Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library, “Old-Time Radio Meets Modern Technology,” Shelby Stuart, Project Description: Student will download, edit, and convert single-episode public domain Old-Time Radio shows into multi-episode files to replace library's outdated cassette collection. A circulating collection of Old-Time Radio shows will provide low-tech library users with access to materials currently unavailable to them.


Jackson District Library, “Our Virtual Library Branch: Enhancing the feel of the Jackson District Library website for a more engaging, user-centered experience,” Lavanya Kumar, Project Description: Student will administer usability tests in which volunteers are asked to complete tasks using the website. Students will also conduct a brief interview with each participant that includes open-ended questions prompting the participant to share impressions of the look and feel of the site. 

Citizen Interaction Design, “The Citizen Experience of a Government Website: Finding the way forward,” Andre Siagian and Sharon Kaziunas, Project Description: Students will work with City staff to do a review of the website, identify and correct changes, and develop a plan for addressing larger concerns that can't be addressed during the week of ASB.  


American Library Association, “User Testing for Teen Programming Database,” Hengjing Wang and Sybil Boone, Project Description: Students will test the online database of teen library programs and seed it with initial teen programming content provided by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  

Active Transportation Alliance, “Creating an Image Library to Promote Walking, Biking and Public Transportation in Chicagoland (Active Trans Image Library),” Xi Huang, Project Description: Student will research, identify, and develop a searchable system to house organization’s images. Student will also develop a process for the organization to migrate existing images into new system and provide a best practices document for continued system use.  

Board for Certification of Genealogists, “Bringing the Board Forward: Historical work in a modern world II (Website Analysis),” Nan Tang, Project Description: Student will evaluate the organization’s public and private website and provide written recommendations for improvement and economical implementation. Student will address integration of mobile-first design and SEO best practices for the public-facing website.

The Civic Lab, “Coders, Map Makers and Civic Hackers Wanted @ The CivicLab,” Chang Yan and Kaipeng Yu, Project Description: Students will work on a variety of projects, including data mining, investigatory journalism, map making, visual display of information, app creation and citizen science.

Media Burn Independent Video Archive, “Data Preservation Workflow Planning,” Adam Lott, Project Description: Student will review the ways in which the organization safeguards its data, particularly methods for evaluating and ensuring the integrity of master video files, and create a manual to guide the organization’s workflow.

Media Burn Independent Video Archive, “Capturing Better Audience Data,” Haoyang Bai, Project Description:  Student will develop a combination of approaches to collect concrete, narrative examples of how and why people are using videos. This may involve online surveys, reaching out directly to users, using analytics to find places where organization videos are embedded, or searching databases to find places where they are listed as references. 

Meadville Lombard Theological School, “Digitizing Albumen Prints,” Megan Morrissey, Project Description: Student will digitize approximately 100 albumen class photographs, create basic metadata for each image, and rehouse the prints. 

Prevent Child Abuse America, “Ensuring Quality Program Evaluation by Ensuring Quality Data,” Niro Haryamen Mohd Rais, Project Description: Student will survey and interview database users across the country, identify areas for potential improvement of data validation and reporting on data quality, and begin to implement data quality measures in the Program Information Management System (PIMS) used to assist Healthy Families America programs with day-to-day caseload management, quarterly and annual evaluation reports, and program accreditation. 

Field Museum of Natural History, “Folks Need to Find Things: Help improve access to the collections,” Joanna Thielen, Project Description: Student will assist staff with data clean up, serial holdings entry, and new electronic content entry. They will work in the staff modules of OCLC WorldShare and with a variety of print and electronic collections in this project.

Field Museum of Natural History, “Help save the 2000s! A preservation of information project,” Matthew Dashner, Project Description: Student will assess the condition of CDs and hard drives created in the 2000s, processing, organizing, cataloging to fit the current standardized numbering system, and preparing digital files for migration.

Adler Planetarium, “Interaction Modalities for Astronomy Visualizations,” Karen Fernandez, Tom Bergman and Kristyn Sonnenberg, Project Description: Students will design, create a protocol, prototype, and evaluate tactile, camera-based, mobile, or robotic interfaces that allows users to explore an astronomical concept. The resulting product may be added to the Space Visualization Laboratory's repertoire or be used during museum special events.

Swedish American Museum, “Museum Reference Library: Evaluation and organizational plan,” Matthew Barry, Project Description: Student will evaluate the Museum’s un-cataloged Library Collection - which includes both modern reference books and late 19th/early 20th century historic volumes - and create recommendations for providing access to students and researchers.          

Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), University of Chicago Library, “SCRC Social Media Maven,” Shi Pu, Project Description: The student will evaluate current social media platforms and make suggestions for unified branding and promotion, analyze current workflows and make recommendations for greater efficiency and increased staff participation in creating content, review Google analytics regarding organization sites and help the organization determine useful assessments for the various sites.

Northeastern Illinois University - Ronald Williams Library, “Usability for Diversity! Assessing the Library Interface for Diverse Populations,” Rushika Deshpande and Jola Bolaji, Project Description: Students will closely examine the library's new interface design in terms of access and usability. They will assist in the construction of use case scenarios, comparative analyses, and a site map; all of which will be used to directly inform a full usability study.

Washington, D.C.

Peace Corps, “Achieving Peace with Information and Technology,” Prashant Iyer and Rachel Jaffe, Project Description: Students will compile a catalog of global Peace Corps Volunteer activities that demonstrate innovative use of information, communication, and technology for development (ICT4D). The catalog will aid Peace Corps in the areas of program and training design, assessment, and partner identification.

American Library Association (ALA), “ALA's Policy Blog: Help us improve!!”, Natalie Yee, Project Description: Student will assess the design, efficiency and reach of “,” the blog for the ALA Washington Office. The analysis will contribute to the ALA’s communication strategy and methods.

Amnesty International (AI), “Alt-Click,” Roxana Galusca, Project Description: Student will work with AI to assess workflows, identify future technical and informational management challenges and develop blueprints associated with the utilization of satellite data, text-based social media stream content and video validation to further human rights defense initiatives.

American Red Cross National Headquarters, “American Red Cross Nursing Program Development,” Shruthi Sanjeevi Reddy, Project Description: Student will develop a system to house a series of interactive maps, develop nursing and health information management infrastructure for the Chief Nurse, National Nursing Committee and Nursing Network leadership, and design an informational database with key nursing and health leader details.

American Red Cross National Headquarters, “Streamline Resources and Analyze Usage for Volunteer Services,” Henan Bo, Project Description: Student will assist staff in analyzing data and trends across the American Red Cross organization as a whole. This work will aid the organization in evaluating the various intra-organization communication practices.

American Red Cross National Headquarters, “Analyze Volunteer Metrics,” Jessica Benne, Project Description: Student will analyze trends related to volunteer intake process, retention rates and volunteer hours. They will also create a white paper in collaboration with staff that outlines trends, tools, best practices and includes guidance about recommended next steps.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), “Archiving AAMC Website,” Hannah Brookhart, Project Description: Student will archive the association’s website ( and digitize, contextualize, and post AAMC presidential communications documents to MS Sharepoint site for use by staff and archives.  

Georgetown Law Library, “Best Practices for Research Guides,” Jennifer Brown, Project Description: Student will work with staff to edit and establish content guidelines for library research guides in preparation for organization’s potential adoption of new library research guides platform.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), “Coolest ARM/Library Project Ever!,” Daina Andries, Project Description: Student will establish preservation best practices as well as an archival process and organizational structure for the future historical archive documenting HUD’s role in addressing homelessness for the past 25 years.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), “Creating and Analyzing User Content (Social Media),” Wu Wang, Project Description: Student will work to develop customer personas based on Content Contributor Activities questionnaire responses and generate contributor content tips.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), “Digital Signage Marketing,” Angela Huang, Project Description: Student will work on the digital signage project to develop a stock of ready-to-use slides for anniversaries and recurring calendar events for the Strategy and Communication Office, Communication and Marketing Division. 

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), “Records of Unusual Size-Re-organizing Department of Justice Litigation Case Files,” Stephanie Balagot, Project Description: The student will assist with the rehousing of unusually shaped or oversize items among the Department of Justice (DOJ) enclosures to litigation case files. The documents to be rehoused relate to a variety of matters over which the Department of Justice had jurisdiction: cases relating to Federal Tort Claims Act, antitrust violations, federal lands, civil rights, patents, and the desegregation of public education.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), “Social Media and Web Content Development (Talent Management Division-Performance Management Branch),” Christanna Hemmingway, Project Description: Student will support the Performance Management Branch by helping with social media and web development/design.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), “Social Media Makeover (National Archives' Social Media Team-Office of Innovation),” Connie Liu, Project Description: The student will work on refreshing the social media directory ( social-media/), the portal for all social media tools used by the National Archives.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), “Working with Researchers- Informational Rotations in Textual Reference Division,” Sarah McLusky, Project Description:  The student will meet with RDT2 supervisors to learn about reference organization, procedures, personnel, and overall objectives. “Shadowing” four reference staff members, the student will gain a sense of the broad range of records the organization services, and will see first-hand how interactive consultation is conducted with on-site researchers. 

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), “Data and Design Intern,” Yuzhou Gong, Project Description: Utilizing available reporting data, statistics, and information about affiliated groups and programs, the student will create and design a series of infographics for two programs at CLIR: Digitizing Special Hidden Collections and Archives, and the Digital Library Federation. 

Open Technology Institute, New America, “Data Storytelling: Using geodata and oral histories to understand the social history of a community network,” Haad Khan, Project Description: Student will work with historical data to understand the growth and development of one of the largest community networks in the world, in Catalonia, Spain. Student will work in collaboration with staff to evaluate how physical development has responded to social and sociopolitical factors, such as cooperation by local government officials or local median income.

Open Technology Institute, New America, “Good Evening Monsters: Did John Oliver help or hurt the Net Neutrality cause? Help us analyze Net Neutrality comments,” Sarah Anderson, Project Description: Student will help develop a methodology for analyzing 3.7 million comments about net neutrality that were released by the Federal Communications Commission. Student will also begin analyzing this data for trends and test hypotheses on the impact of external events on the number and type of submissions.

Open Technology Institute, New America, “Interconnection? But isn’t that just the Internet? Developing Infographics to Illustrate Complex Internet Concepts,” Aaron Kwolek and Xuan (Annie) Zhu, Project Description: Students will assist staff in developing simple visualizations or infographics of how the Measurement Lab works. Measurement Lab is a global research platform used for measuring the health and stability of the Internet. 

Open Technology Institute, New America, “Visualizing Cyber Security Data,” Lu Huang, Project Description: Student will work with database that includes detailed information and content of more than 400 definitions of terms related to cyber security. Student will use data housed on this platform to create interesting visualizations and improve the usability of the website database.

Open Technology Institute, New America, “Why is my Internet slow? Visualizing & Analyzing Internet Measurement Data,” Mayank Khanna, Project Description: Working with data collected in the various Measurement Lab tests, e.g. NDT (speed/quality data), OONI (censorship measurement data), the student will brainstorm, sketch, and prototype ways of visualizing the data that help communicate the results to a public audience.  Measurement Lab is a global research platform used for measuring the health and stability of the Internet.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, “Digital Collections and Web Publishing Internship,” Martha Stuit, Project Description: Student will work collaboratively with the Center’s Webmaster to help improve organization’s taxonomies and contribute to the indexing of its digital collections.  

Smithsonian Institution, “Digitizing the National Collection of Fossil Marine Mammals,” Cecilia Caride, Project Description: Student will help plan and prototype the workflow for whole drawer digitization of fossil marine mammal specimens. 

Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA), “Putting Theory and Things Together on the Web - SIMA Website Revision,” Gedi Tang and Li Chen, Project Description: The students will help the organization enhance its web presence and content by updating and/or reformatting existing content, creating a page for the new faculty fellows program, adding dynamic visual content, and evaluating possible integration of mobile-first design.

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian. “Get me online:  Encoding oral history transcripts for the web,” Fan Luo, Project Description: Student will encode oral history transcripts for inclusion on the Archives of American Art's public website. 

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, “Who am I? Where do I belong? Adding Metadata to Oral History Audio Files,” Alexa Hagen, Project Description: Working with born digital oral history audio files, the student will add metadata to master and derivative files using BWF MetaEdit and MP3Tag (programs may change). The student will follow both internal and FADGI guidelines for embedded metadata. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), “Evaluating Impacts of Federally-Funded STEM Projects in Libraries,” Alyssa Hanson, Project Description: Working alongside grant program officers, the student will help gather information about STEM projects funded in 2013 and 2014, interview select awardees about products created during award periods, and help analyze and interpret data related to the projects for dissemination to IMLS staff, the general public, and others.

Future of Music Coalition, “Future of Music AV Archiving & Digitization,” Elena Colon-Marrero, Project Description: Student will help organization develop inventory for multi-platform media, propose digital preservation and archival methods and best practices, and begin the process of implementing that preservation strategy.

TechFreedom, “TechFreedom's Analytics and Website Review,” Mandi Gonzalez and Tsai-Yu Han, Project Description: Students will analyze trends in event participation (live attendance and streaming/remote) in order to optimize and improve campaigns, the website and social media approach.

American Councils for International Education, “The Real Story: Student exchange program outcomes,” Arun Varghese and Jingzhu Yan, Project Description: Students will review and analyze variables within several datasets collected from students who participate in international exchange programs funded by the U.S. Department of State. This analysis would be used by program managers to improve programming and influence outcomes.

San Francisco

Alliance for Community Development of the San Francisco Bay Area, “PROPEL Small Business Growth,” Jeffrey Bennett, Project Description: The student will conduct a review of the PROPEL Small Business Growth Program, currently offered for low to moderate income small business owners.  The purpose is to assist primarily women, minority and disabled veteran entrepreneurs with growing their businesses over $500,000. $1,000,000 and beyond.